2009: Just prior to 2009, December 2008 to be exact, Mark Teixiera agreed to a preliminarily deal with the Yankees worth 180 million dollars over eight years. He became the third big name free agent the Yankees signed that offseason following the signings of CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett; which had Yankee fans buzzing with hopes of title number 27.
Teixiera was given number 25 previously worn by Jason Giambi from 2002-2008, and in April many Yankee fans saw Teixiera play like Giambi from his last couple of seasons with NY. With no Alex Rodriguez to protect him in the lineup for the whole month, Mark finished April with a .200 batting average 3 HR and 10 RBI. Then on May 8th Alex Rodriquez returned to the the Yankees lineup and he brought with him life to Teixiera’s bat. Teixiera’s hot bat helped the Yankees to a 17-11 record in May (They were 1-5 in the month prior to A-Rod’s return) and they were 28-19 through the first two months. Teixiera followed up his hot first half of the season with an even better second half.
After the All Star break Teixiera continued his hot hitting and evenly distributed power in the remaining months. He hit 6 HR in July (5 after the All Star Break), 6 HR in August, and 7 HR in September. September was his most productive month after the break as he hit .343, to bring he season average up from .281 to .294. Teixiera did not end up having much success in the postseason hitting only .180 with 2 HR and 8 RBI, but the team was still able to capture their 27th title.
- 2009 Regular Season Totals: 103 Runs 178 Hits 39 HR 122 RBI .292 AVG .383 OBP
- Awards: Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, 2nd in MVP voting (Mauer)
2010: The question going into this season on Texiera will be whether or not he will continue his pattern of poor starts. Every Yankee fan wants to see him start hot, and if he does his final numbers can be scary good. With Rodriquez healthy this season April should bring less pressure this time around, and if it is Nick Johnson batting ahead of Teixiera he will have plenty of opprotunities to rack up RBIs.
Another concern will arrive if and when the Yankees make the playoffs this season about Teixiera’s 1st postseason with the Yankees. Granted Alex Rodriguez had an amazing postseason this past year, but with A-Rod nothing is a definite, and the Yankees need Teixiera to show up in the postseason this time around. Teixiera should easily pick up his 4th Golden Glove and Silver Slugger awards this season if he stays healthy, and contest with teammates Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter and the Twin’s Joe Mauer for the AL MVP award.
- 2010 Regular Season Prediction: 112 Runs 192 Hits 42 HR 134 RBI .311 AVG .398 OBP